Teacher Toolkit For Seesaw

Many teachers are using @Seesaw for student portfolios or as an online work journal. Here are some resources that I've cooked up for how to go beyond simply posting student work to creating an environment that facilitates learning. Click on any of the below articles for a thorough write-up on ways to use Seesaw in … Continue reading Teacher Toolkit For Seesaw

My Week of Professional Learning #AEC2016

Stephanie and I had the pleasure of enjoying five days of amazing #AfricaEd at the AISA 2016 Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. If you ever have the chance to attend the AISA conference, either by your own dime or your school's, I highly recommend it. Here are the links to all five posts that I … Continue reading My Week of Professional Learning #AEC2016

Day 5 #AEC2016: It’s not about the “stuff”; It’s about the people.

#AEC2016 is about more than the "stuff"; It's about the people! Thanks to @rharwood17 and @karenboyes for great learning opps! #AfricaEd — Zach Groshell, M.Ed (@MrZachG) October 20, 2016 One of the great people in my life, Camp Director @tahoescotty, always says that camp is not about the "stuff"; it's about the people. It's about … Continue reading Day 5 #AEC2016: It’s not about the “stuff”; It’s about the people.

3 #edtech tools I took away from #AEC2016

#1: Google Story Builder The first tool we used in my Advanced Technology Integration course at AISA Conference 2016 in Johannesburg was Google Story Builder, a simple program that has students create a dialogue on Google Docs that is published as a short film with music. I can imagine using this tool for class debates, as … Continue reading 3 #edtech tools I took away from #AEC2016

Beginning My Own Action Research

Right now I’m thrilled to be one of the teachers representing my school at the 2016 AISA (Association of International Schools in Africa) conference. As a part of the conference, we have each selected two professional development sessions to work on. The one I’m going to discuss today is about action research, led by Donna … Continue reading Beginning My Own Action Research

“Poor internet connection” not good enough reason to abandon tech

AEC2016 - Day 3 One of the most wonderful parts of #AEC2016 has been just the sheer amount of African schools, countries, and nationalities represented at this conference. It's not uncommon to find yourself at a table with a German speaker from Namibia, an American expat rat working in Nowheresville, Madagascar, and an English tech … Continue reading “Poor internet connection” not good enough reason to abandon tech

Day 2 #AEC2016: Thoughts on Professional Learning

Day 2 Day 2 of #AEC2016 included an opening plenary with a few great speakers working under a TED-esque 12 minute time frame. The question that all of the speakers were tasked with discussing was "What Change Would You Like to See in Education?" Ideas included emphasizing visible thinking, habits of mind, and deemphasizing failure … Continue reading Day 2 #AEC2016: Thoughts on Professional Learning

#AISA Conference Day 1: Keeping Connected

We've Arrived! I am so looking forward to the opportunities to learn this week in Johannesburg for AISA conference 2016. For a learning event like this, it is important for us educators to be connected. For the adults in my life, I am mostly going to be using Twitter (@MrZachG) in combination with my class … Continue reading #AISA Conference Day 1: Keeping Connected

Introducing Subtraction with Regrouping Through Inquiry

A few weekends ago, I went to a great workshop on ‘Teaching and Learning through Inquiry’ by Kath Murdoch and came back to work inspired. My class was ready to start using regrouping to subtract 3-digit numbers, and I wanted to help my students get a deep understanding of why we regroup. Inquiry learning is … Continue reading Introducing Subtraction with Regrouping Through Inquiry

Developing Seesaw Activities into Authentic Learning Engagements

My school's Primary Section spent last year trialling Seesaw as an alternative to paper-pencil portfolios. The buy-in we got from teachers, parents, and students alike was extraordinary. As we move into a "Phase II" of Seesaw implementation this year, I've been tasked with moving teachers from simply using Seesaw as a showcase of student work, … Continue reading Developing Seesaw Activities into Authentic Learning Engagements